Over the course of my time supporting at COR, I noticed that with different supports came different quality of foods being prepared. I know, I know this is a strange thing to notice. But for a foodie like me (one who loves to eat and cook!) it raised a few questions. I knew that we were supporting our individuals and friends relationally and emotionally, but I continued to question whether or not we were physically equipping them with healthy options for meals and snacks. Perhaps though a greater question was looming in my mind: Do all the supports know the basic’s of cooking?
After a couple conversations with Michael Lavis and a few months of pondering how to get started, I threw caution to the wind and hosted a night of food and fun at my house. It began with my team! There were six of us in attendance and the meal plan was set!
It was my goal to create a four course meal, that could easily be transformed into several different meals by making slight adjustments in cooking techniques.
APPETIZER: Guacamole & Chips
We picked this as a healthy snack alternative. This 5 ingredient dip is not only simple to make but a healthy alternative to a store bought dip. The dip also pumps a person full of nutirents and helps fill you up more than a traditional cream based dip.
SALADS: Coleslaw and Potatoe Salad
These are two salads that are staples to any summer picnic. I picked these salads to make as a healtier alternative to store bought dressings and premade salads. It was a great way to show supports that both salads have the same ingredients but by adding relish, the coleslaw dressing is transformed into a dressing that defines potatoe salad.
MAIN COURSE: Chicken Shishkabobs and Rice
Using the ingredients for chicken shishkabobs I was able to explain how cooking them in a different way (on the stove top) you could easily make a stirfry. The marinade then becomes a sauce when boiled over the stove.
DESSERT: Chocolate Brownie with icing
My mama told me that dessert is for when friends come over: case and point!
We had a blast! It was fun to learn together, laugh together and make mistakes together. Cooking doesn’t have to be scary and when done with friends it lends itself to be more than a meal, it becomes a memory.
If you are interested in participating in another COR Support cooking class, watch for emails and updates on the COR Facebook page and from your Team Leaders. This is a great way to get connected within COR and get a free meal out of it as well!
Ben, COR Support